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Arsenal target Karim Benzema

Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez has underlined how important Arsenal target Karim Benzema is for the Spanish giants this season.

The French international posted a tweet earlier this week revealing his desire to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu, seemingly putting an end to speculation linking him with a big-money switch to the Gunners.

And while that transfer now looks unlikely to happen, former Liverpool and Chelsea boss Benitez has had his say on the 27-year-old forward.

Speaking ahead of Real’s home clash with Real Betis on Saturday night, the Spaniard said: “Benzema is a great player and we need him to have continuity. He is fundamental for us in attack.”

Benzema, who is contracted to Madrid until 2019, has been the subject of interest from Arsene Wenger’s men since the start of last season but it appears his future now lies in Spain.

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